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Thigh Lifts & Reduction (Thighplasty)
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A surgical procedure to tighten sagging muscles and remove excess skin in the thigh area

Length of Surgery

3 hours





Back to work in...

2 – 3 weeks

Back to the gym in...

4 weeks

Treatment Frequency



Infection; blood clots; allergic reaction to the anesthetic; hematoma; seroma; unfavorable scarring; poor wound healing

Duration of results


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Thigh lift Surgery Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Thigh lift surgery is approximately $4,589. This is only the surgeon’s fee, and other fees such as facility, anesthesia, and medication fees must be taken into account.

If you are considering having thigh lift surgery but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans available to you.

Am I a candidate for thigh lift surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for thigh lift if:

  1. You are bothered by sagging or drooping skin on the upper thigh
  2. You have lost a lot of weight and have excess skin
  3. Your weight is relatively stable
  4. You are physically and emotionally healthy
  5. You are a non-smoker
  6. You have realistic expectations for what thigh lift surgery can accomplish for you
Thigh lift surgery is not a substitute for weight loss.

Certain medical conditions and medications may affect whether you are a suitable candidate for thigh lift surgery. Check with your thigh lift doctor.


What is a thigh lift Procedure?

Thigh lift (thigh reduction) is a surgical procedure done to tighten sagging muscles and remove excess skin in the thigh area. Thigh lift surgery can be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as body lift.

Thigh reduction surgery removes excess skin and fat from the inside and the outside of the upper thigh. The surgery leaves a long, noticeable. Thigh reduction improves the body contour in clothes, but the scars are visible in underwear or swimwear.

The thigh lift procedure takes about three hours and is done under general anesthesia. Thigh lift surgery can be performed as a day case, but may require an overnight stay.

Thigh lift Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 – Anesthesia

  1. The anesthetic choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your thigh lift doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The Incision
  1. Incision patterns vary based on individual cases. However, incisions are normally placed in the groin, extending downward, then traversing around the back of the thigh. The underlying tissue is reshaped and tightened, and the skin is reduced and re-draped over the new, smooth body contour.
  2. Another technique involves an incision only in the groin area. Your thigh lift surgeon will determine the appropriate option for you.
Step 3 – The sutures
  1. Deep internal sutures within underlying tissues help to support the newly shaped contours. Sutures are then used to close the skin incisions.
Step 4 - The results
  1. The smoother thigh contouring is apparent almost immediately, although there will also be swelling and bruising.


Thigh lift Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

When your thigh lift procedure is complete, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your new contours as you heal. You may also have a drain fitted to drain any excess fluid or blood.

You will have some bruising and swelling, and tightness in the thighs. Stitches are removed within a week after surgery - deeper sutures two or three weeks after.

Thigh lift recovery time is usually one to two weeks. You should be able to return to work after two to three weeks. Most of the swelling will disappear after about three weeks. You should avoid strenuous activity for about a month.

Thigh lift Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Thigh lift side effects include:
  1. Bruising
  2. Swelling
  3. A tight feeling in the thighs
Thigh lift risks and complications may include:
  1. Infection
  2. Blood clots
  3. Allergic reaction to the anesthetic
  4. Hematoma (collection of blood under the skin)
  5. Seroma (build-up of fluid)
  6. Unfavorable scarring
  7. Poor wound healing

Questions to Ask a Surgeon about an thigh lift procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about thigh lift surgery. Here is an essential checklist to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for thigh lift surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the thigh lift surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing thigh lift surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any thigh lift before and after photographs of recent surgeries?
  9. What percentages of your thigh lift patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my thigh lift surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for thigh lift? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


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